Volunteers are an essential part of ChicagoCAC’s work! Volunteers best support our children and families through our Back to School Backpack Drive and Kids’ Holiday Party, which directly benefit our clients.

Please note: Due to the confidential nature of our services, volunteer opportunities that offer direct interaction with clients are very limited. Volunteers who interact with families at the center must pass a DCFS and criminal background check.

Back to School Backpack Drive | Summer

In late summer, generous individuals and organizations collect school supplies and backpacks so that children served at ChicagoCAC are prepared for the school year ahead. Learn more.

Kids’ Holiday Party | December

Starting in November, volunteers donate, collect and sort thousands of toys for our Kids’ Holiday Party. Learn more.

Garden Days | Spring/Summer

Volunteers help maintain our Child Life Therapy Garden, where children and families relax during their visit to the center. Garden days are ideal for small groups, such as corporate volunteer groups or clubs.

Child Life

Child Life volunteers spend time with children during their and their siblings’ appointments at the center. For more information, contact Annie Drehkoff: (312) 492-3701 or ADrehkoff@ChicagoCAC.org


ChicagoCAC offers a number of internships throughout the year. Learn more.